Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1969's Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列) at Row House Cinema, June 23 - 29.

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will show the 1969 Japanese movie 1969's Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列), "Japan's Queer Underground Cinema Classic," from June 23 to 29 as part of its Row House's Drag Race series. A June 8 New York Times review provides a summay:
A hodgepodge of themes and techniques, it transposes the Oedipus story to the intersection of Tokyo’s hippie and “gay boy” subcultures, opening with a Baudelaire quotation and incorporating street rituals by the Zero Jigen performance group. The title, taken from one performance, is a pun: Bara, Japanese for “rose,” is a slang term akin to the English “pansy.”

The protagonist, Eddie (played by the androgynous entertainer Peter, later featured in Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 “Ran”), is a sweet hustler with a dark past. As polished a looker as the Warhol Factory’s reigning drag queens Candy Darling and Holly Woodlawn, Eddie parlays an affair with a local drug dealer into becoming the madam of the Club Genet, an actual gay bar in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.
Tickets and showtimes are available online at the theater's website. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).